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District Policy Index
Section E Index: Support Services
Free and Reduced-Price Nutrition Services

Date of revision:
January 24, 2013

Free and Reduced-Price Nutrition Services

The following criteria have been established for use in determining eligible patrons for free and reduced-price meals.

1. The Nutrition Services Supervisor has been designated as the official to determine which individual students are eligible for a free or reduced-priced meal.

2. The district will provide forms to parents or guardians on which application for consideration of eligibility of their children for free or reduced-price meals can be made. Application renewal is yearly. This application form and its content is considered part of policy and regulations.

3. The district will provide meals to the students based upon their current eligibility status upon receipt of the application, and will continue to do so until the determination is made as to whether the students qualify for free or reduced-price meals (maximum of 10 days).

4. If the application is denied the parents or guardians may appeal this decision to the LEA (Local Educational Agency). A scheduled conference may be requested prior to the hearing. If still not satisfied and a hearing will be conducted under the hearing procedure prescribed in Section 9 of the National School Lunch Act, as amended. Prior to the hearing, the student will continue to receive free or reduced-price meals.

5. The district will abide by the income poverty guidelines based on the U.S. Office of Management and Budget guidelines as adjusted by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

6. The district will notify the parents at the beginning of the school year of the availability of the free or reduced-price meals. This will be a notice sent home with students or a letter mailed to the students' home. This notice is considered part of policy and regulations.

7. The district will provide a release to all informational media in the area at the same time the notice is sent to the home.

8. Students receiving free or reduced-price meals will not be required as a condition of receiving such meals to use a separate lunchroom or section of the lunchroom, to go through a separate serving line, to enter the lunchroom through a different entrance, to work for their meals, to use a different medium of exchange, or to eat lunch at a different time from paying students.

The names of students on free or reduced-price status will only be released to parents of students, for Title I purposes, and National Assessment of Educational Programs.

In order to protect the anonymity of the student receiving free or reduced-price meals, a computer account will be issued to each student by a carefully selected staff member.



42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (National School Lunch Act)



EF (Nutrition Services)                          

EFEA (Nutritious Food Choices)

ADF (School Wellness)


Paragraph below is information only:

*Prior to 2004, the term "school food authority" (SFA) was used for local agencies administering the school meals programs. In 2004, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act added the term "local educational Agency" to identify the entity responsible for the application, certification and verification process for the National School Lunch Program.